HR Analytics Come into Their Own

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Skeptics argue that human resources (HR) is too “soft” an area to be analyzed with any rigor—at least compared with finance or marketing, which have long mined business data to generate intelligence that can drive decision-making. Others maintain that HR analytics are a critical tool for keeping executives strategically oriented. Learn how HR data can help executives make decisions that drive business results.

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Product Analysis Report: IBM Cognos and SPSS Solutions

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  • Published: December 17 2013
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